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  1. The Fitness Relevance of Counterintuitive Agents.Thomas Swan & Jamin Halberstadt - 2020 - Journal of Cognition and Culture 20 (3-4):188-217.
    Cognitive scientists have attributed the ubiquity of religious narratives partly to the favored recall of minimally counterintuitive concepts within those narratives. Yet, this memory bias is inconsistent, sometimes absent, and without a functional rationale. Here, we asked if MCI concepts are more fitness relevant than intuitive concepts, and if fitness relevance can explain the existence and variability of the observed memory bias. In three studies, participants rated the potential threat and potential opportunity afforded by agents with abilities that violated folk (...)
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